Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Stew Gavin
Stew Gavin came up through the amateur ranks with the Toronto Marlboros of the OHA from 1977 to 1980. While there, he established himself as a quick-skating plumber who could flesh out any respectable roster with his intensely determined style of play. In 1980, he was picked up by the Toronto Maple Leafs who, after a brief tryout, dispatched him to the New Brunswick Hawks of the AHL to refine his game.

Over the next two campaigns, Gavin picked up an increasing number of games with the Leafs. But it wasn't until 1983-84 that he became an NHL regular. At that time, he became the Blue and White's designated checker and penalty killer. But the team was stuck on a losing track year in and year out. In 1985, the team sought to bolster its defensive corps by surrendering Gavin to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for blueliner Chris Kotsopoulos.

As a Whalers, Gavin attained his best overall results. He continued to excel at his defensive game while lifting his offensive numbers to a personal best 55 points in 76 contests during his first season with the club. But in 1988, he was claimed on waivers by the Minnesota North Stars. There he continued to perform as a defensive forward until he blew out his knee in 1993. On the advice of his doctors, he retired for a season to work as a scout, but discovered that his knee was responding better than anticipated.

In 1994-95, he staged a comeback with the Toronto Maple Leafs that led him only as high as a minor-league stint with Kansas City and Minnesota before he packed it in for good in 1996.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Nepean Raiders ON-Jr.A 49 28 22 50 38
1976-77 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 1 0 0 0 0 12 1 0 1 0
1976-77 Ottawa 67's M-Cup 5 0 0 0 4
1977-78 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 67 16 24 40 19 5 0 5 5 17
1978-79 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 61 24 25 49 83 3 1 0 1 0
1979-80 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 68 27 30 57 52 4 1 1 2 2
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 14 1 2 3 13 0
1980-81 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 46 7 12 19 42 13 1 0 1 2
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 38 5 6 11 29 -6
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 6 5 11 44 -7 4 0 0 0 0
1982-83 St. Catharines Saints AHL 6 2 4 6 17
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 10 22 32 90 -6
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 12 13 25 38 -22
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 26 29 55 51 +12 10 4 1 5 13
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 79 20 21 41 28 +10 6 2 4 6 10
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 56 11 10 21 59 -17 6 2 2 4 4
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 73 8 18 26 34 +3 5 3 1 4 10
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 12 13 25 76 +9 7 0 2 2 12
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 2 1 0 1 0
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 38 4 4 8 36 -3 21 3 10 13 20
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 35 5 4 9 27 0 7 0 0 0 6
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 63 10 8 18 59 -4
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHLMGNT
1994-95 Kansas City Blades IHL 18 2 2 4 32
1995-96 Minnesota Moose IHL 22 4 7 11 21
NHL Totals 768 130 155 285 584 66 14 20 34 75


Traded to Hartford by Toronto for Chris Kotsopoulos, October 7, 1985. Claimed by Minnesota from Hartford in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1988.
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